Federal Hill group celebrating 20th; dinner and awards, Nov. 15

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The Bristol Federal Hill Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an active neighborhood group in one of Bristol’s most historic neighborhoods.

Formed in 1994 as a group of concerned citizens working to protect the integrity and historic nature of the area, the organization’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Bristol by encouraging the preservation of the character of Federal Hill and promoting a shared sense of community, reported a press release from the association. Membership in the organization is open to all who have an interest in the Federal Hill area and the City of Bristol in general.

Federal Hill is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and is defined by the area located between Farmington Avenue (Route 6), North Main Street, Riverside Avenue and King Street (Route 229), with the Federal Hill Green as its center. Adjacent to downtown, it is home to the American Clock and Watch Museum, the New England Carousel Museum, the Bristol Historical Society, several prominent churches as well as the Bristol Public Library and Bristol Hospital. The Hill is also noted for a large number of historic homes from a wide range of architectural styles, including some that are listed on the National Historic Register.

“The goal of BFHA is simple; to be good citizens, community members and neighbors,” stated President Austin Tedesco in the association’s press release. “Over the years we have focused on raising money to provide safety equipment for the fire department and sponsoring improvements to the Riordan playground at Federal Hill and summer concerts on the Federal Hill Green.”

For more than a dozen years, BFHA has honored a prominent building through the production of a pewter ornament. The latest building to be so recognized was the Prospect United Methodist Church in 2011. In addition, the group makes an annual presentation of Spirit of Federal Hill beautification awards that recognize business owners, homeowners and landlords who have taken steps to preserve or improve the many outstanding public and private buildings on the Hill.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, BFHA will celebrate its anniversary with a dinner and awards event at the Bristol Historical Society.  The evening will feature catering by the Parkside Café and entertainment by Off the Charts Barber Shop Quartet.

Tickets are available by contacting BFHA Treasurer Mary Ellen Zoppo at (860)589-1527.